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KACE Asset Management Appliance 7.1 - Administrator Guide

About the KACE Systems Management Appliance (K1000) Getting started
Configuring the appliance
Requirements and specifications Power-on the appliance and log in to the Administrator Console Access the Command Line Console Tracking configuration changes Configuring System-level and Admin-level General Settings Configure appliance date and time settings Verifying port settings, NTP service, and website access Configuring network and security settings Configuring Agent settings Configuring session timeout and auto-refresh settings Configuring locale settings Configure data sharing preferences About DIACAP compliance requirements Configuring Mobile Device Access Enable fast switching for organizations and linked appliances Linking Quest KACE appliances Configuring history settings
Setting up and using labels to manage groups of items Configuring user accounts, LDAP authentication, and SSO Using Replication Shares Managing credentials Configuring assets
About the Asset Management component About managing assets Adding and customizing Asset Types and maintaining asset information Managing Software assets Managing physical and logical assets Maintaining and using manual asset information Managing locations
Setting up License Compliance Managing License Compliance Setting up Service Desk Creating and managing organizations Importing and exporting appliance resources
Managing inventory
Using Device Discovery Managing device inventory
About managing devices Features available for each device management method About inventory information Tracking changes to inventory settings Managing inventory information Finding and managing devices Provisioning the K1000 Agent Manually deploying the K1000 Agent Using Agentless management Adding devices manually in the Administrator Console or by using the API Forcing inventory updates Managing MIA devices Obtaining Dell warranty information
Managing applications on the Software page Managing Software Catalog inventory
About the Software Catalog Viewing Software Catalog information Adding applications to the Software Catalog Managing License assets for Software Catalog applications Using software metering Using Application Control Update or reinstall the Software Catalog
Managing process, startup program, and service inventory Writing custom inventory rules
Deploying packages to managed devices
Distributing software and using Wake-on-LAN Broadcasting alerts to managed devices Running scripts on managed devices Managing Mac profiles
Patching devices and maintaining security
About patch management Subscribing to and downloading patches Creating and managing patch schedules Managing patch inventory Managing Dell devices and updates Maintaining device and appliance security
Using reports and scheduling notifications Monitoring servers
Getting started with server monitoring Working with monitoring profiles Managing monitoring for devices Working with alerts
Using the Service Desk
Configuring Service Desk Managing Service Desk tickets, processes, and reports
Overview of Service Desk ticket lifecycle Creating tickets from the Administrator Console and User Console Creating and managing tickets by email Viewing tickets and managing comments, work, and attachments Using the ticket escalation process Using Service Desk processes Using Ticket Rules Run Service Desk reports Archiving, restoring, and deleting tickets Managing ticket deletion
Managing Service Desk ticket queues About User Downloads and Knowledge Base articles Customizing Service Desk ticket settings Configuring SMTP email servers
Maintenance and troubleshooting
Maintaining the appliance Troubleshooting the K1000
Appendixes Glossary About us Legal notices

Troubleshooting appliance issues

Troubleshooting appliance issues

The K1000 server logs can help you and Quest Support detect and resolve errors.

The logs contain the last seven days of activity, and they are copied and compressed every day. Compressed logs are deleted when they are seven days old.

Log maintenance checks are performed daily, and no additional administrative log maintenance procedures are required.

View appliance logs

View appliance logs

You can view K1000 appliance logs in the Administrator Console. Appliance logs provide information related to K1000 processes and errors the system encounters.

If the appliance is configured to share detailed usage data with Quest KACE, K1000 appliance and Agent exceptions or errors are reported to Quest every day. See:

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the K1000 System Administration Console, http://K1000_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
On the left navigation bar, click Logs to display the Logs page.
3.
Select a log in the Log drop-down list.

Log Type

Log Name

Description

Hardware

Disk Status

The status of the physical appliance disk array (not available for virtual appliances).

Server

K1000 Log

The errors generated on the appliance.

Access

The HTTP server's access information.

Server Errors

Errors or server warnings related to appliance server processes.

Stats

The number of connections the appliance is processing over time.

Updates

Details of appliance patches or upgrades applied to the appliance.

Reporting Log

Details of reports that have been run.

Reporting Errors

Errors related to reports that have been run.

System Performance

System performance information, including webserver, disk, and Agent connection statistics. To ensure that Apache graphs in this log are updated, enable webserver diagnostics. See Configure security settings for the appliance.

Konductor Log

Konductor-related logs. Konductor is an internal K1000 component that regulates communications between the appliance and managed devices to keep the system running smoothly. The number of tasks Konductor is running appears on the Tasks in Progress widget. In addition, task throughput information appears on the appliance General Settings page (on appliances with the Organization component enabled) or on the Communication Settings page (on appliances without the Organization component enabled). See:

Patch Download Log

Information about patches that have been downloaded to the appliance.

Opcode Cache

Opcode cache log information (not available for virtual appliances).

Backup Log

Details of daily and monthly K1000 appliance backups.

Agentless Log

Information related to Agentless device connections to the K1000.

Monitoring Log

Information related to monitored servers and their connections to the K1000.

Software Inventory

Information related to K1000 Software Catalog inventory processing.

Software Inventory Errors

Processing errors related to K1000 Software Catalog inventory processing.

Account Management Service

Information related to the Account Management Service, which is a service that manages user account information and authentication for the K1000.

Account Management Service Errors

Errors related to the Account Management Service, which is a service that manages user account information and authentication for the K1000.

Mail

Service Desk Incoming Mail Log

Information related to problems encountered by the Exim Server (Mail Transfer agent) while processing email for Service Desk queues. For example, invalid email addresses and Service Desk licensing issues.

Service Desk Incoming Mail Error Log

PHP errors encountered when inbound email messages are processed.

Service Desk Outgoing Mail Log

Errors encountered by the Mail Daemon while sending outgoing email messages. For example, invalid email addresses.

Service Desk Outgoing Mail Error Log

PHP errors encountered when outgoing email notifications are processed.

Device

Client Errors

K1000 Agent exception logs.

AMP Server

Server-related AMP (Agent Messaging Protocol) errors.

AMP Queue

Queue-related AMP errors.

If the Organization component is enabled on your system, you can change the number of days logs are retained. This setting appears in the Log Retention section of the appliance General Settings. See Configure appliance General Settings with the Organization component enabled.

Download appliance activity logs

Download appliance activity logs

You can download appliance activity logs from the Administrator Console. These logs can be useful during troubleshooting.

1.
Go to the appliance Control Panel:
If the Organization component is enabled on the appliance, log in to the K1000 System Administration Console, http://K1000_hostname/system, or select System in the drop-down list in the top-right corner of the page, then click Settings.
2.
On the left navigation bar, click Support to display the Support page.
3.
Click Retrieve appliance activity logs.

For information about logs used in debugging, see:

If the Organization component is enabled on your system, you can change the number of days logs are retained. This setting appears in the Log Retention section of the appliance General Settings. See Configure appliance General Settings with the Organization component enabled.

Viewing the daily run output

Viewing the daily run output

The daily run output is a report that shows appliance information such as the disk status, network interface status, uptime and load averages, mail system health, and database status. Use this report to verify system status and identify issues that need to be resolved.

This report runs on a daily basis and is sent by email to the system administrator. See Understanding the daily run output and Security run output.

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